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Uncle Tom's Children

Richard Wright


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"A formidable and lasting contribution to American literature." --Chicago Tribune

"A great American writer." -- New York Times Book Review

Set in the American Deep South, each of the powerful novellas collected here concerns an aspect of the lives of black people in the post-slavery era, exploring their resistance to white racism and oppression. Originally published in 1938, Uncle Tom's Children was the first book from Richard Wright, who would continue on to worldwide fame as the author of numerous works, most notably the acclaimed novel Native Son and his autobiography, Black Boy.

Praise For Uncle Tom's Children

“Taking for its characters Negro men and women at bay in the oppressive Southern environment, the book represents one of the few instances in which an American Negro writer has successfully delineated the universals embodied in Negro experience.”
Ralph Ellison

“A formidable and lasting contribution to American literature.”
Chicago Tribune

Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 9780061450204, 336pp.

Publication Date: April 29, 2008

About the Author

Richard Wright won international renown for his powerful and visceral depiction of the black experience. He stands today alongside such African-American luminaries as Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, and Toni Morrison, and two of his novels, Native Son and Black Boy, are required reading in high schools and colleges across the nation. He died in 1960.